Hi hope you guys can help. I'm trying to put together a program of black music entitled "Music as Memoir: The Black Experience"
A. I know the title sucks. So any help there could be appreciated. I'm especially stuck on how to choose the title because African American is not the appropriate term for this.
B. The idea is to put together a series of music that serves as a memoir to the progress of the black community in the United States. Although I'm not sure what to include from outside the US that would be relevant.
So far I have the following in mind
A. Black Slave songs like the ones used in O Brother Where Art Thou
B. Strange Fruit by Billy Holiday
C. Muddy Waters
D. BB King
E. Legend by Bob Marley
F. Jimi Hendrix
G. Prince and the PMRC fiasco
H. I need some rap music.
I was inspired by this idea because I saw I am Legend this weekend and I thought about how Legend was an interesting addition to the original story.
Also I liked the Wyclef Jean video "Yes We Can"
This is just off the top of my head so I'm sorry it's so incoherent. But I think I've got it out there.
What songs do you consider to be a song that would serve as a sort of memoir to the black experience in the US?